Easter Flowers

How we start your summer flowers in February

Welcome to Easter
Each year we buy in many flowers that one typically finds at Easter time. Most of our Easter sales are made to churches and other organizations, but we are delighted to offer Easter flowers to the public as well and invite you to stop by and make your selection. Our growers do not offer us a choice of colors, so we are not able to guarantee specific colors.

The Easter flowers we sell have been raised in greenhouses. These pampered plants should be kept indoors, therefore, as sudden exposure to cold outdoor temperatures may shock the plant causing it to die or sustain serious damage. Once the season is over, many of these flowers can be recycled into your garden. Bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, Easter lilies and tulips may be planted in the fall for color the following spring. Do not cut off the leaves until they have completely yellowed. The bulb stores energy for next year's blooms by collecting sunlight through its leaves. If you cut them off, the plant may not bloom properly or at all the following year. Hydrangeas and azaleas can be planted out as well. If you need to cut them at all, for example to tidy up the shape, do so immediately after the plant is done flowering. In the fall, both of these plants will set bud for spring blooms. The mums are considered florist's mum and generally are not hardy in our area.

Daffodils and Mini Daffodils
The daffodil is associated with Lent, the 40 days of fasting and penitence before Easter Sunday in most Christian churches and is known as the "Lenten Lilly" in England. There is a legend that the daffodil first appeared on the night of The Last Supper in the Garden of Gethsemane to comfort Jesus in his hour of sorrow. From http://www.geocities.com/thedaffodilgarden/lore.htm

Hyacinths (1 stem and 3 stem)
One of the most highly fragrant Easter flowers is the hyacinth. Put one in your kitchen or bath for sweet scent and lovely color. Hyacinths are known in Greek mythology as having been created by Apollo from the blood of a beautiful young woman named Hyacinth who was killed by the jealous west wind, Zephyr, because she preferred Apollo.

Hydrangeas (pink and blue)
The hydrangeas grown for Easter display have been raised in a greenhouse and would not fair well being placed outside while it is still cold. After it has warmed up sufficiently, you may plant the hydrangea in the landscape. Sometimes, though, the plant still does not fair well - it is either not hardy enough for buds to survive the winter or fails to produce buds at all. Enjoy these plants for their Easter color.

Easter Lilies
The beautiful trumpet-shaped blossoms of Easter Lilies symbolize purity, hope, and life -- the spiritual essence of Easter -- and all the promises of Spring. History, mythology, and art are filled with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ said, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Often called the "white-robed apostles of hope," lilies are said to have been found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ's agony. At Easter time, Churches bank their altars and surround their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting. The pure white lily has long been associated with womanhood, too. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending a branch of pure white lilies to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty. A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the Easter Lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.
Information from http://searchwarp.com/swa52479.htm

Tulips
The tulip originated over ten decades ago in Persia and Turkey, where it played a significant role in the art and culture of the time. Most likely commenting on the Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in one’s turban, Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, which comes from the Persian word meaning turban. As Europeans began taking to tulips, the flower’s popularity spread quickly, particularly in the Netherlands where a phenomenon dubbed tulip mania set in at one point during the 17th century. Tulips became so highly-prized that prices were sent soaring and markets crashing. Tulips are now grown throughout the world, but people still identify cultivated varieties as "Dutch tulips." The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love. Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes. Information from http://www.proflowers.com/flowerguide/flowermeanings_dir_tulip-meanings.aspx

Azaleas
Beautiful shade-loving spring bloomers, your azaleas can be planted outside in well-drained, acidic soil. Water about once a week, depending on rainfall, until established.

Pansies and Viola
Pansies are cool weather flowers. These funny-faced blooms are perfect for adding the first spring color to your outdoor landscape in the ground or in planters and baskets. Depending on factors such as where they are planted in your yard and what summer temperatures may bring, pansies may survice throughout the summer. Most likely, however, when the temperatures get too hot, the pansies will fade. If you plant pansies in the fall, however, not only will you get late garden color, but they will survive the winter, sometimes blooming all through the season, to return bigger and more beautiful in the spring. If you keep your pansies in a planter or basket through the winter, be sure to have the soil moist, but not soggy, before the soil freezes. This actually helps insulate and protect the roots better than if they freeze in dry soil.

Violas are closely related to pansies. They are actually short-lived perennials that are not killed by hot temperatures. The flowers tend to be a bit smaller than pansy flowers.

 

 

 

 

 


Daffodils


Hyacinth


Hydrangea


Easter Lily


Florist's Mums


Tulips


Pansy
 
Your baby plant
Starting your summer flowers in February
At Colonial Farm, our season gets into full swing the very first part of January. While gardeners are cooped up at home wistfully wishing they could get out and play in the dirt, we have already started! Our planting season begins first with a good "spring cleaning." We power wash and disinfect the interiors of our greenhouses,making sure we pick a sunny day because we do tend to get wet. Then the process of filling pots and flats with potting soil begins. Using a large machine called a Gleason, we fill its hopper with huge bales of a soil-less potting mix and send through the plastic pots and flats. These are then carried into the greenhouses and set up waiting for seeds and starter plants. While most of the herbs and vegetables are started as seeds on our greenhouse-long heat mat, we do also order in small rooted cuttings and very young plants. The geraniums come in as rooted cuttings about 2" tall. These are planted, fertilized, watered and de-budded from the first week of February to April, when we then allow the buds to mature into blossoms. By taking off the buds until April, the plants are able to put all their energy into growing big and strong. Other plants come in as plugs. These are very young plants with growth only about 1" long. They arrive in trays of approximately 300 plants. We typically get 3-4 shipments of plug trays between February and May, with each shipment consisting of 50 to 100 trays! That's alot of planting! But we really have fun doing it and love to watch the plants grow and bloom for your gardening pleasure.